The newly-expanded Melrose 7s tournament, being held at the Greenyards between April 9-12, will officially kick off the firm’s birthday festivities.
The sponsorship deal will see Cairnhill Structures branding take pride of place, alongside
Doddie Weir’s My Name’5 Doddie foundation, on the Melrose 7s team strip this year, and
also on the Melrose 7s strip throughout the Scottish Borders 2020-21 Kings of Sevens
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The main stand at the Greenyards will be named the Cairnhill Steel Solutions Stand, with
prominent branding, as part of the agreement.
Neil Watson, group managing director of Cairnhill Structures, said: “Innovation is a key
driver in everything Cairnhill does and so we are delighted to be involved with the Melrose 7s
again this year, especially as the club has announced an innovative and inclusive new
format to the event.
“The Melrose 7s is a prestigious event in the World Rugby calendar. Given the new all-
weather surface that has recently been installed, I am sure we will see an exciting brand of
rugby at The Greenyards.
“Our business has evolved well over the decades and we wish Melrose Rugby Club every
success in its ambitions for the development of this world-famous Sevens tournament.
Gordon Brown, chairman of Melrose Rugby Ltd, said: “We’re so pleased to have Cairnhill
Structures on board as shirt and stand sponsors for the Melrose 7s.
“We can’t wait to put on a spectacular event that will deliver all the traditional elements that
regular 7s supporters know and love, with new and exciting tournaments that will hopefully
attract a whole new audience to Melrose in April.
“We’re sure the Easter weekend of rugby and entertainment will provide Cairnhill with
valuable and high-profile branding opportunities and raise further awareness for Doddie’s
It’s been well documented over the years that Rugby Sevens was first played at the Greenyards, in Melrose, in April 1883. The abbreviated
format was the brainchild of Ned Haig. That original vision has created one of the most athletic, exciting and demanding of team sports.
The ladies of Melrose raised the funds for the small but very stylish Ladies Cup, which was to be presented to the best seven men.
Dave Sanderson, Ned Haig’s employer, accepted the trophy and it was never competed for again.
It now sits proudly in a Sevens display cabinet in the Ned Haig Lounge in the Melrose Rugby Clubhouse.
Rugby Sevens is now both a Commonwealth Games and Olympic Sport and is testament to the founders who set the original ball in motion.
Melrose is the home of the Sevens game. It is proud of its heritage and its place in rugby
history. Melrose Rugby Ltd will continue to promote the abbreviated game in tribute to Ned
Haig and those early pioneers.